When Dino invited Bean and I to join her and Mother Dino to the Shirt and Skirt Market at the Abbotsford convent we both agreed in a flash. The market, held on the third Sunday each month, is held on the gorgeous grounds of the convent located just off Johnston St. The market showcases crafts, knits, jewelry, leatherwork, odds and ends and…shirts and skirts. It sprawls across the grounds at the front and side of the convent and then inside (if you can find it). Upon arriving we all headed to the coffee take away door (crafts are all well and good but with coffee they are good and good). Unfortunately the coffee was not good as it was served luke warm and a little bitter. But we noted several places the cafe and inside the hall that served coffee as well for our next visit.
We then began to browse, the assortment here is great but the prices seem to vary greatly with a lot of the clothing priced between $80-$190.
This becomes prohibitive for the spontaneous market purchase but Melbournian Girl to the rescue (I am sure I can find a bargain anywhere) we stumbled on a jewelry store selling gorgeous quiet Etsy-esque inspired pieces. I couldn’t help but pick up a silver necklace of two love birds on a branch for $20 and the Bean grabbed a a teapot and cup pair of studs.
Too cute!!! Owl and Fox is also on Etsy so go take a look!
We continued to wander past the cute shops and fell in love with knitted toys (I think I need to learn to knit this winter), cute beanies (spent ages debating over one that looked like a frog – sounds weird and was a bit odd but it totally appealed to me), silk shoes and … skirts and shirts. there was heaps of kids stuff too so if you are looking for the perfect pressie this has lots of options.
The whole day was topped off with sweet jazzy music played live outside the cafe that created the perfect back drop for browsing, The grounds play host two two cafes and Lentil as Anything so easy to grab a post or pre browse bite.
This is a perfect mother daughter day out, and will definitely be taking my mother here when she gets back to Australia!!